Biography

Representative Lonnie Reed is currently serving her fifth term in the CT House of Representatives. She is House Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Life Sciences Caucus and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Long Island Sound Caucus. Additionally, she serves on the Manufacturers Caucus and on the Shoreline Preservation Task Force.

Early in her legislative career, Rep. Reed received the prestigious Toll Fellowship Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), becoming one of only 40 state legislators from across the nation to win leadership recognition. She now serves on the NCSL Energy and Environment Committee.

Rep. Reed has been instrumental in authoring and enacting Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES), a master plan to aggressively pursue clean and renewable energy goals. She also helped create the nation’s first Green Bank, a public/private investment partnership to fast-track energy efficiency and clean energy development. The CT CES and the CT Green Bank are widely viewed as successful, innovative models for the nation.

Rep. Reed also fights hard for women's and children's health issues. A breast cancer survivor, she has been recognized by the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut for her work to ban toxic chemicals such as bisphelol A (BPA) from baby bottles and food containers and cadmium from toys and other consumer products. She is also known for her many years of leadership in the battle to clean up and protect Long Island Sound.

Prior to entering elective politics, Lonnie Reed worked as an award winning newspaper journalist in Seattle; as an investigative news reporter and anchor for television stations in Florida, Connecticut and NY; and as a contributing correspondent to CBS News. She has been a White House correspondent; hosted Off the Set, a political talk show in NY and been honored for her investigative reports. Her work has received four Emmy Awards and several film festival prizes. Productions include the award-winning documentary, Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story.

Along with her business partners, she has also headed a filmmaking and television production company. Lonnie Reed has written, produced and/or directed projects for television networks such as NBC, TNT, ABC, PBS and the History Channel. She lives in Branford and spends what free time there is traveling to keep up with her far-flung family.